The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of serious disability for adults. Because they affect the brain, they can also affect the body. However, strokes are preventable. Much of what the CDC offers as prevention methods apply to many other conditions, too.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Physical activity such as a brisk walk for 30 minutes.
- No smoking.
- Limit alcohol.
- If you have high blood pressure, take your medication as indicated by your doctor.